Nursery Room

Ages 3 and 4 (3 by October 15)

Children in the Nursery Room enjoy a space where they can experience the joy of creative exploration through group and individual play. Through this guided process, they are exposed to literature, math, science, art, music and cooking. Our Nursery Room maintains  a maximum group size of sixteen children with three teachers.  Children have the opportunity to explore topics of interest in depth. The children’s social skills bloom, as they learn about sharing, taking turns, and the value of cooperative play. They discover that they are part of a larger world, and that the rewards of friendship are plentiful.​

Nursery Room Teachers Email  |  Nursery Room Daily Schedule

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Theresa Yudaken

Theresa moved to Maine with her husband and 4 children from South Africa 15 years ago. She graduated from the Cape Town Teachers Training College and has had many years of experience working with children. Since living in Maine she has taught pre-K , private Kindergarten and also volunteered as a Kindergarten and Art teacher at Bet Ha'am. She has been teaching in the nursery room and at the Levey Day School aftercare program since 2007. Theresa loves being part of the JCA community!

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Kristen Smith

Kristen has worked with children since 2006 both in the classroom and as a nanny. She earned her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Maine Community College and fulfilled her student-teaching requirements with the JCA in 2013. Kristen is excited to join the JCA team and is dedicated to nurturing and meeting the needs of each individual child to help support their growth and development.

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Allison Owens

Allison grew up in New Jersey loving the arts and being outside. She has a B.A. in art history and loves being creative. For the past four years she has been teaching preschool while working on a masters in early childhood education. She enjoys spending summers gardening on North Haven, Maine and then reading, laughing and creating with children the rest of the year.